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Are You in Love With the Earthquake?

Ides of March, 2016

That's what a fellow said to me in a dream last night. I had found myself in an alternate reality where I was still in my twenties, and employed in an automotive shop. I'd been given the job of coming in early the next morning and cleaning all the grease and oil off the concrete floor of a huge garage, which had been completely emptied to make my task easier. But when I got there, I found that huge slabs of the floor had been cracked and shifted and were lying on top of each other. Obviously, there had been a massive earthquake during the night. The devastation threatened to bring the whole building down on itself, with cinder blocks crushing anyone caught inside.

The owners soon arrived, and everyone set about clearing the damage away. But I couldn't get over how massive it had been. I found myself working with the owner's son, a guy my own age. He seemed unaffected by what had happened, and just steadfastly focused on the job at hand. I tried to get him to understand the seriousness of the situation. I explained the tectonic plate shifts in that part of the country, and spared no effort describing how much worse it could have been, and how much danger we could still potentially be exposed to.

It was at that point that he stopped his activity and held me with a steady gaze. And then, quite clearly and pointedly, he asked me:

Are you in love with the earthquake?”

I really had to think about that for a minute. He had asked me to make a very important choice. Was my priority to be impressed with the disaster which had befallen us? Or was I going to help, in any way I could, to set things right again?

Was I in love with the earthquake?

No,” I answered him, “I'm not.” He nodded, and with no further talking I set about assisting him in his labors.

I awoke soon after, and lay there in gratitude for yet another answer which my Guides had given me in reply to a worrying question. Like so many of us nowadays, I had been taken over by our media's bombardment of impending apocalypse, and was agonizing – if only subconsciously - over what form it was going to take and whether my family and I would have any chance of surviving it.

The answer was calm, rational and simple. Whatever it was going to be, was I going to drain my energy focusing on how terrible it was (be in love with the disaster)? Or, as long as I was still alive, would I instead use that energy to pick up the pieces?

As we used to say in the 60's, was I going to be a part of the problem or a part of the solution? 

So many people today thrive on disaster, seeming to have decided that if they can't beat it they should join it. They love to regale us, at parties, on TV and on the Web, with scenarios of just how horrible and unsurvivable it's going to be. But I'm beginning to question whether it is healthy for me to keep watching those videos, and to keep spending time with people who have been seduced by the dark side of the force.

The question isn't how bad things are going to get, for the human race has dealt with the threat of extinction over and over again, throughout our existence on this planet. The question isn't even if we can ultimately prevail, for that answer lies in the unrevealed future.

The only question is whether we can keep doing the best we can, for as long as we can. After each world cataclysm there was a small remnant which began the slow process of starting over again. We owe our existence today to the ones who wouldn't give up – the ones who refused to fall under the hypnotic spell of the destroyer. 

From time to time, we all need to stop and ask ourselves whether we have fallen in love with the earthquake. And, if we have – is that really where we want to be?


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A student of esoteric traditions since the age of 16, Ted Czukor (Theo the Green) taught Yoga for 37 years until retiring in 2013. For 26 years he was adjunct faculty for the Maricopa, AZ Community Colleges, teaching Gentle Yoga and Meditation & Wellness. Raised in the Methodist Church but drawn to Rosicrucianism, Hinduism and Buddhist philosophy, he is a devotee of the Goddess in all Her forms. Ted has been a Shakespearean actor, a Masonic ritualist and an Interfaith wedding officiant. He is the author of several books, none of which made any money and two of which are available as .pdf files. He lives with his wife Ravyn-Morgayne in Sun City, Arizona. Their shared dream is to someday relocate to Glastonbury, England.


  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Tuesday, 15 March 2016

    Yes, yes, yes. Timely. I will go share the link to your blog, on Facebook, Pinterest, and Google plus. Rock on!

    Considering that I've been thinking about writing a piece about neither burying our heads in the sand about possible catastrophes—whether national or personal—nor becoming so thrown by them that we lose our power to take action to prevent those catastrophes, I bet a lot of people have been thinking along these lines.

    Hopefully, your piece will encourage more people to give voice to this timely concern.

    Also, I wonder if we have the same guides, LOL, because yesterday I was thinking about an incident that occurred years back, after a terrible breakup: a very wise person said to me, "don't fall in love with your broken heart." Wow!

    I've been working hard to keep fighting the good fight while also striving for inner equilibrium, and one reason I wanted to write about the topic at hand is to support others to do the same. Your post certainly supported me to keep on keeping on.

    In any case, I don't think I need to write the blog now. because I can just give people the link to your blog. ... Hmm, I could adapt my comment here into a meme. I might do that. Love, FDG

  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor Tuesday, 15 March 2016

    Thank you, m'dear; as always it is comforting to be understood and to preach to your particular section of the choir! I'm glad there still exist people who understand that, whatever dark times may lie ahead, we're going to need as many calm spirits and rational minds as we can find in order to keep our heads above the waves.

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Tuesday, 15 March 2016

    So mote it be.

  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor Wednesday, 16 March 2016

    And by the way, keep fighting the good fight. Your teaching is helping many to find the equilibrium of which you speak. I am sure that in supporting each other, we encourage the banked fires of our subconscious spirits to flame into greater awareness and courage.

    That metaphor needs some work, but you get the idea!

  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis Wednesday, 16 March 2016

    You are wonderful, thank you so much. And backatcha! ✨

  • Archer
    Archer Sunday, 10 April 2016

    That's got to be the best title ever! And a beautifully written piece that lived up to it. Thanks for this Ted. Very helpful personally and generally. I'm sharing it too.

  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor Sunday, 10 April 2016

    Thank you, Archer. I, too, was impressed with the phrase when whatever subconscious Guide gave it to me.

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